Inmate Granted Release to Be Pallbearer Flees Custody After Funeral: Cops

Officials in Morgan County, Alabama, say Wendell Dewayne Thompson did not come back to the county jail after a temporary release to family on Saturday.

An Alabama inmate is on the loose after authorities say he never came back to jail following his release for a funeral.

Authorities in Morgan County say Wendell Dewayne Thompson was granted a release to attend the funeral of a family member where he was to act as a pallbearer. 

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department says the 50-year-old did not come back to the county jail after being released to family Saturday.

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Thompson was reportedly last seen at the Sharpley Funeral Home in Decatur. 

A warrant has been issued for Thompson’s arrest, Morgan County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Corley told the Decatur Daily.

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"When he hadn’t returned by 6, the jail supervisor began to question the family about where he was," Corley said. "Then around 7, the family said he had [run] away during the funeral."

Authorities say Thompson was in county jail after being found in possession of crack cocaine.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact authorities.

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